Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Maryam Nawaz warned on Monday of staging a hunger strike outside the Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore if her father, Nawaz Sharif, was not allowed homemade food.
Nawaz, who has thrice been the prime minister of Pakistan, was sentenced to seven years in prison after being convicted by an accountability court in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills case. He remains incarcerated at Kot Lakhpat prison in Lahore.
“The fake government has placed a restriction on homemade food for Nawaz Sharif sahib. The staff taking the meals has been standing outside the prison for the last five hours,” Maryam tweeted.
She said the former premier had declined to have food provided to him by the jail authorities.
“I will approach the court if they do not withdraw the restriction,” the former first daughter said. “If [I] did not get help even from the court, then I will sit outside Kot Lakhpat prison. I will even stage a hunger strike, if I have to,” she said.
Referring to the jail authorities as “oppressors”, Maryam said she did not trust them. She said she feared that they could add anything to Nawaz’s food.
Maryam said her warning should not be considered an idle threat. “I will go through with it,” she warned.